- Class of 2008
- Master's Degree(s): African Studies MA
While At UCLA
As an undergraduate, Marisa focused her studies on race relations in Cuba and South Africa, globalization, and the colonial history of Democratic Republic of Congo.
After college, Marisa spent the next two years working as a full-time intern for Doctors without Borders, Human Rights Watch and Refugees International. Through her work with these international NGO's Marisa realized her desire to work for and with refugee and internally displaced populations in Africa. She is specifically concerned with Congolese refugees and the devastating conflict occurring in eastern DRC.
Marisa is currently working with FORGE (Facilitating Opportunities for Refugee Growth and Empowerment) and will travel with a team to Northern Zambia this summer to work with Congolese refugees on a library project in Kala Refugee Camp.